ICDD Technical Committee Minutes

Education Subcommittee
Denver Marriott Tech Center
Conifer 1
Monday, July 31, 2000
Chairman: Sue Quick

1. Minutes from the March 2000 Meeting

The minutes were not approved. They are on the ICDD website. They will be reviewed and approved in March 2001.

2. Review of Mission Statement

The Education Subcommittee shall be responsible for developing educational materials, implementing workshops, audio-visual programs, and special sessions at meetings concerned with the acquisition and utilization of diffraction data with emphasis on the PDF and its manual and automated search/match systems. Also, it encourages the teaching of powder diffraction methods in educational institutions.

3. Old Business

A. 2000 XRF and XRD Clinics

X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry Clinic
Session I - Fundamentals, May 1-5, 2000 - 24 Attendees
Session II - Advanced Methods, May 8-12, 2000 - 18 Attendees


Diffraction Clinic
Session I - Fundamentals, June 5-9, 2000 - 44 Attendees
Session II - Advanced Methods, June 12-16, 2000 - 15 Attendees

The XRF Clinic has been struggling since 1991.With the help of V. Burke, a brochure was mailed out (between December and March), through the manufacturers. This effort appeared to be responsible for a slight increase in attendance, although the true result may not be present within the first year.

The evaluations of the Clinics were very good. The only complaint was regarding the chairs in the lecture rooms.

An attachment of a PowerPoint Presentation of Clinic activities is on file at Headquarters.

B. X-ray Safety Articles

T. Jenkins and M. Kottenhahn, from Headquarters, performed independent searches on x-ray safety, but did not yield very useful results. A suggestion was made by S. Stock, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and will be investigated. Headquarters will continue its search and it was requested that someone from the Subcommittee provide guidance as to what links should be posted on the ICDD website. C. Hubbard is still working on the NBS N43 project, but has not been given permission to disclose any of the information. Once permission is received, C. Hubbard will notify the ICDD to provide the link.

4. Workshops

A. Russian Workshop
There was a Grant-in-Aid Workshop held in St. Petersburg on June 22-24, 2000. This was the largest Russian workshop to date with 55 participants. E. Antipov hosted the workshop and C. Hubbard attended from the ICDD. Individual attention was given to participants at the end of each workshop. The ICDD is looking to increase the grant program. C. Hubbard stated that he was impressed with the participants' interest, not only in the workshop, but also in diffraction in general.

John Faber attended this workshop. There were between 30 to 35 attendees. The participants were made up of more beginners than is usual.

C. Other workshops include one in St. Helens in December 1999 and Venezuela in January 2000.

D. Bayreuth
R. Dinnebier is coordinating this workshop, which is already full with 120 participants.

E. SARX 2000
R. Jenkins stated that 80% of the ICDD's business comes from overseas and therefore, this workshop provides us with a great opportunity. An ICDD workshop will be woven into these activities. Looking at the attendance, it appears there is a great need for these workshops.

F. Additional Comments
B. O'Connor heads the Steering Committee in Southeast Asia, where workshop and conference activities are currently under review for Singapore, Indonesia, India and Malaysia. An Indian diffraction workshop is scheduled for the February/March time frame with a fluorescence workshop twelve months later. These are very important to us strategically. There will probably be a second workshop for XRD beginners in Indonesia due to the demand for it. Thailand is another prospective area for a workshop of some sort for mid 2002 and would most likely have a "Denver look" to it. This one has the potential to be rather large.

There is the AXAA (an Australian meeting) in February 2002 that will probably also be large.

J. Kaduk discussed the need to coordinate ICDD efforts between the various workshops and R. Jenkins added that we need to be very careful of copyright issues. The Education Package is now available in ASCII format. Since it is the property of the ICDD there is not a copyright problem. The web will more than likely become crucial in workshops. Recent findings have shown that if the web is not built into workshops, the workshop tends to receive lower ratings. There are some generic PowerPoint slides that are ICDD oriented that are available without copyright restrictions. A Task Group consisting of H. Jones (Chair), B. O'Connor, and R. Jenkins, was formed to investigate a web-based package of the educational materials.

5. New Business

J. Kaduk stated that there is a market for more advanced crystallographic information that needs to be met. ACA runs a school at the University of Georgia and may contemplate running one dealing with crystallographic knowledge. The ACA, ICDD and national labs may want to think about collaborating efforts to run some of these workshops. ACA and DXC are held back to back which makes it difficult to attend both. The idea of a combined effort of these groups was well received by the Education Subcommittee.

R. Jenkins opened discussion on the need for backup and replacement Clinic faculty. Input from the Education Subcommittee for possible teachers, who will speak from and follow a predefined agenda, was requested. Suggestions of faculty should be sent to S. Quick, along with areas they would be interested in teaching.

R. Jenkins stated that week one of the XRD Clinic was full showing there must be a need for this and possibly an additional Session in Fundamentals. This could likely lead to an increase in Session II attendance. There was some discussion of running an additional Session I, along with a special topic, in October or November 2001. Ten is the cutoff number of registrations needed to conduct a session. Having the session six months off from the June session may be attractive to a different set of people.

E. Antipov suggested that a Grant-in-Aid workshop be held in Germany that could involve more than thirty countries.

In November 2001, W. Wong-Ng is coordinating the High TC Superconductors - Novel Processing and Applications in the New Millennium, in Japan.


The Education Subcommittee requests that the ICDD provide supports in the amount of $1,000 for the High TC Superconductors - Novel Processing and Applications in the New Millennium, in Japan in November 2001.

Made by: W. Wong-Ng
Seconded by: T. Blanton

Motion passed 8-0-0.

Support information on the ICDD will be worked into the presentation somehow.


The Education Subcommittee requests that the ICDD provide support in the amount of $1,000 for the symposium held in conjunction with the Centennial celebration of NIST.

Made by: W. Wong-Ng
Seconded by: J. Kaduk

Motion passed 8-0-0.

6. Meeting Adjourned